Newport Beach prides itself on pristine beaches with nearly 10 miles of coastline for surfing, swimming, and sunbathing. But Newport Beach also offers some incredible hiking trails that hug the rocky Pacific coastline as well. Hiking in Newport Beach is one of my favorite things to do. The views and refreshing ocean breeze are so therapeutic and make a wonderful getaway. Here are a few of my favorite spots for hiking in Newport Beach.
Crystal Cove State Park
One of the best places to hike this time of year is Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach. The panoramic views are truly amazing. Crystal Cove borders Newport and Laguna Beaches along some of the most spectacular coastlines in California. The park is easily accessible and has plenty of parking. There are several trails to choose from in the park and they each have a different appeal. The trail map is clearly defined with distances and the terrain of the trails. There is something for everyone — whether you enjoy mountain biking or hiking, are a trained athlete, or just want to enjoy an easy stroll to reflect on all of the gorgeous surrounding scenery- this is a must.
One of my favorite ways to end my hike is on the beach for the final walk through the tide pools up to the Beachcomber Restaurant, which located right on the sand. It is the perfect location to sit on the sunny outdoor deck and enjoy a delicious lunch.
Upper Newport Bay Nature Reserve
With more than 1,000 acres of open space, the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve is a wonderful place to do some hiking. The ocean water from the harbor spills into this shallow body of fresh water known as “The Back Bay” that is home to more than 35,000 species of migratory birds. It is one of the top destinations in North America for bird watching. There are a variety of trail loops that range in distance. These varied habitats with their diverse plant and animal life are what make Upper Newport Bay Nature Reserve an incredible hike!